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RSPCA introduces new checks to pig welfare scheme

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Pigs reared under the RSPCA’s animal welfare scheme will be subject to new on-farm welfare assessments under a change to scheme rules.

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The RSPCA is hoping to further improve the lives of millions of pigs in the UK by including welfare outcome assessments as part of its welfare standards.

The protocol was developed by the AssureWel project, a collaborative project led by the RSPCA, the Soil Association and the University of Bristol.

The project aims to improve the welfare of farm animals by developing on-farm assessments that that specifically focus on measuring the key welfare issues for a species.

These assessments have also been developed for hens and dairy cattle and are under development for broilers, beef cattle and sheep.

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